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Children's LiteratureThe early history of the thirteen colonies that became the foundation of the United States, called the colonial period, is the subject of this title in the "American Saga" series. It documents the culture, customs, and major events that preceded the establishment of the republic in 1776. The era was filled with turmoil and fluid alliances as the early settlements coalesced into well-defined towns and states with clearly structured governments. Many factors influenced the developing culture, customs, trade, religions and legal systems of the nation as it formed. These factors are discussed in eight chapters liberally illustrated with photographs, drawings, graphics and maps. Side bars offer supplemental text and details. At the end of the book, a time line, chapter notes, glossary, further reading, internet addresses, and an index offer suggestions for additional research. This is a well-executed summary of early American history and would be a good addition to any classroom or school library containing resources on colonial America. 2006, Enslow Publishers, Ages 12 up.